Today’s the day. The Christmas decorations are back in storage (maybe?), the Times Square celebrations are over, and you’ve finished off the last drop of sparkling cider. 2014 is now a thing of the past.
Today is a new day. Actually, today is an entirely new year. You can do anything, be anything, and achieve just about anything you set your mind to this year.
In celebration of the New Year, we’ve rounded up 6 popular self-help books written by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve read most of these books and can personally vouch for them. Reading even just one of them this year may change the way you look at life.
How Will You Measure Your Life? is written by one of the the world’s leading thinkers on innovation and New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen. It’s an “unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life.” Christensen’s most famous book, The Innovator’s Dilemma was notably the only business book that Steve Jobs said “deeply influenced” him, and is one of the most significant business books ever published.
How Will You Measure Your Life? is written with one goal in mind: help you find your path to fulfillment and deeper happiness.
Stephen R Covey
Stephen R. Covey is a renowned leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and co-founder of FranklinCovey Co. His most popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is an international best-seller and has sold over 20 million copies. Covey, a member of the Church, was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will help you change the way you look at life, other people, and the way you interact with the world around you.
Fairly new to the self-help scene, Richie Norton has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and other national publications both in print and online. His first self-help book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid won multiple awards across the United States.
The Power of Starting Something Stupid is “a book about courage. The courage to do work that matters and to do it with your heart and your soul." If you’ve ever considered trying something new and outrageous, read Richie Norton’s book and 2015 may be your year to make it happen!
Gordon B Hinckley
While there are hundreds or maybe thousands of books we could include on this list from leaders of the Church, President HInckley’s book Way to Be! stands out because of the praise it received outside the church as a valuable book for teenagers of any faith.
In a review from Publishers Weekly, they said:
“Although Hinckley's chief role is as a Mormon prophet … this heartfelt, homespun primer on spiritual values is well crafted for its intended audience of young Christians, Mormon or otherwise.”
Seth Adam Smith
Seth Adam Smith’s article titled “Marriage Isn’t For You” has been read by millions of people around the world. Recently, Seth compiled all the information in the article into a giftable, easy-to-read book that will help you maintain your marriage priorities and make the most out of your relationship with your spouse.
While John Bytheway’s writing is more well-known for LDS teens, his book When Times Are Tough is written for readers of all ages. In addition to identifying five scriptures that will help us get through difficult times, John offers scriptural insights that will strengthen marriages, improve family relationships, build faith, and motivate to action. In his distinctive way, he explains how we can be lifted by the gospel when times are easy and lean on the gospel "when times are tough."
Which books did we leave off the list?
Let us know by leaving a comment below. We’d also love to hear your New Year resolutions if you’re willing to share them. Leave a comment on this article and let us know what you’ll be doing to become even better in 2015.